When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they are primed for action - but what can they do? They know nothing about the attack: the what, where or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it-s impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless . . . nnThe Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a 25-year veteran of war zones around the world, a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before - pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs - pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.nnIt will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there . . .nn The Day of the Jackal , The Dogs of War , The Odessa File - the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is, in a way that few have ever been able to equal.nnAnd the world as it is today is a very scary place . . .
About the Author Frederick Forsyth is the author of ten bestselling novels: The Day of the Jackal , The Odessa File , The Dogs of War , The Devil's Alternative , The Fourth Protocol , The Negotiator , The Deceiver , The Fist of God, Icon and Avenger .His other works include The Biafra Story , The Shepherd ; two short story collections, No Comebacks and The Veteran ; and a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom of Manhattan. He has also compiled an anthology of flying tales, Great Flying Stories , which includes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton and H.G. Wells.He lives in Hertfordshire, England.
Table of Contents Forsyth's storytelling mastery goes from strength to strength. Don't ever imagine that you know what's going to happen next,Forsyth on top form...the master storyteller has lost none of his touch,Vintage Forsyth...Back doing what he does best,Highly readable and with that trademark of impressive detail,Exciting, frightening, instructive.,Forsyth-s tale of intrigue and bravery hooks the listener from the start.,Wedding a superb command of detail to a story of pace and power, Forsyth has written a counterterrorism primer-thriller of chilling relevance,Masterly
Afghan - A gripping and insightful read
By Suresh Muthu,
Having read about the wars in Africa in 'The Dogs of War' and the much impactful and imminent 'oil crisis' in the bestselling book titled 'The Negotiator' I have always been in awe of Forsyth's writing. His work is mixed with a dash of fiction, laced with real-life incidents. As a reader, you would ask yourself of the plausible outcome of the situations and its consequences.
Afghan is a thriller that revolves around a plot devised by the Al-Qaeda to bomb world leaders. The leaders are slated to meet aboard a luxurious ocean liner and with this; the reader is taken on an explicit journey through Afghanistan with its lead characters Mike Martin.
In the meanwhile, the British and American intelligence hear about the operation by the Al Qaeda, but are unable to uncover details. They are aware that there is something in the works and it is really significant. They try their best to work on the plot. Besides the great narration; the writers' stint as a journalist and his roots in the field are often reflected in his works. The Afghan is truly a must read for people of the world that support the sane nations that are not in tune with any form of mass destruction. The book was indeed very insightful and I would suggest readers to get hold of the author`s earlier work as well.
By Prasoon Jeet,
I have read all the books that Frederick Forsyth wrote and I enjoyed each-and-everyone of them enormously! Forsyth is known for the level of the writing, with its densely-packed detail and intellectual rigor. He is back with The plot is fresh and new. This plot is not thought or wrote earlier. But I think its not developed up to the extent it could be. But yet an exciting read. “The Afghan” gets off with cracking start. . The Afghan revolves around Izmat Khan who fought with Soviets and after the Afghani civil war, becomes a Taliban commander. He is captured and then imprisoned for four years in American detention center at Guantanamo Bay. After trails, he is found innocent to be sent back to Afghani government custody. Mike Martin, ex-colonel, raised in Iraq and with skin coloring and fluency in Arabic is substituted in his place to find out the Al Qaeda’s mission and plans. The novel gets gripping and more exciting from here.
One of the best trait of novel is its details on the relationship of the Afghani Taliban and the Saudi-founded Al Qaeda, as well as portrayal of radical Islam's activities in the island nations. The Afghan will be most appealing to people who don't know much about Al Qaeda, antiterrorism, current military technology, and recent Afghan history. A must buy and read for all !!!
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